• Twice-weekly skill-building classes in organization, time management and critical thinking
• Daily classes to address mild-to-moderate needs in reading, mathematics and/or written expression
Fishburne Learning Center courses are designed to improve a student’s academic skills and his metacognitive skills – those skills that allow one to monitor, evaluate and alter one’s approach to academic tasks in order to achieve a more desirable outcome. (Studies of successful individuals with learning differences have highlighted metacognitive skills as a primary factor in predicting an individual’s post-secondary success.)
Students enrolled in Fishburne Learning Center courses also benefit from frequent and direct communication between their teachers and the Learning Center staff. Each student is an active participant in this communication process as he takes on a growing level of responsibility for the communication so that he may enter college as an assured and effective self-advocate.
Successful individuals with learning differences use technology to assist them in their learning, not to do their learning for them. Toward that end, the Fishburne Learning Center teaches and encourages responsible use of assistive technology such as digitized textbooks and novels, text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, and interactive online reading and writing programs.
In my years at Blue Ridge, I watched Mr. Cory Woods change boys by showing them that they could in fact jump farther or climb higher. It was incredible to see boys who had never been exposed to the outdoors jumping off rock ledges into swimming holes or taking a tough mountain bike trail and then excitedly telling their friends what they had accomplished.
Both he and Mrs. Carrie Woods are a huge part of the reason I am a student at UC, Boulder!
- Max Koneff ’14